Black Bull CHOI1 chain hoist review
This chain hoist is manufactured by a company called Black Bull that produces various lifting tools such as hydraulic engine hoists and engine stands. This particular chain hoist is able to lift loads up to 1 ton (2000 lb) which is enough for most v4 and v6 engine blocks.
Black Bull CHOI1 chain hoist is made from a heavy duty steel, it has got two hooks – one on the top for attaching the hoist to a mount above the ground or to a trolley system and another swivel hook at the end of the lifting chain for attaching loads. The lifting range of the hoist is 8 feet (2.44 m) which is decent height for a hoist at this price range. The chain diameter of the hoist is ¼ inches (0.63 cm). The chain hoist can be used for variety of tasks, starting for lifting heavy shop equipment, lifting engine blocks, transmissions and other car parts, to lifting construction equipment and other heavy objects. The engine hoist is easy to install if you have a proper place above the ground and it comes assembled, so it can be used out of the box. Black Bull CHOI1 hoist has got a mechanical lead break which is very useful when lifting heavier objects, so the tool can also be used as an engine hoist.
When talking about usage, this chain hoist is very easy to use, attach the load to the lifting hook by using lifting chains, slings or a load leveler and pull the hand chain to lift a load. Chain hoists by their nature are very slow, so you will need to take into account a longer time for lifting a load. To lower a load you will need pull the other side of the lifting chain. All in all, the hoist feels pretty durable for the price and is easy to operate, however there are few inconveniences as usual with tools at such a low price range.
For some the hoist might not work out of the box. There are few things that might be cause of the problem, first, the chain could have been dislocated from gears during the shipping process and second, the chain might lock when the hoist is used even without a load attached. Both of these problems can be solved pretty easily. If you notice that the chain is dislocated from gears, open the metal casing that protects the gears and put the chain back on the sprocket. If the chain jams when its pulled, open the metal casing, clean any dirt or excess you see on the chain and sprockets and spray oil on the gears, now the hoist should operate properly. If you still find that the chain jams, pull the chain slower as jamming might occur because the chain is pulled too fast.
While Black Bull CHOI1 chain hoist is made in China and does not have the premium looks and feel of an expensive US manufactured chain hoist, this is still a decent tool at a very good price range that should not have any problems lifting few hundred pound heavy loads.
Size and weight
The dimensions of Black Bull CHOI1 chain hoist are 9.5x8x6.5 inches (24.1×20.3×16.5 cm) and weight of the tool is 18 lb (8.2 kg).
- Very cheap price for a tool that can lift up to 1 ton (2000 lb)
- Can lift loads up to 8 feet (2.44 m) height
- Easy to install and simple to use
- Not the best build quality when compared with more expensive chain hoists
- There are few known problems with the hoist out of the box, such as the pulling chain might be dislocated from gears and the chain may jam when lifting a load. Both of these problems can be resolved pretty easily at home